College awarded `good’ by Ofsted

The Oldham College OFSTED celebration.

Ofsted has published a very positive report of its findings at Oldham College, following a full inspection in December. The College is judged to be a “good” College overall, with a clean sweep of “good” grades, in all categories*.
In a glowing report,
• Learners are described as “enthusiastic and highly motivated” with “exemplary” behaviour and “mutual tolerance and respect towards each other, staff and visitors”.
• The quality of teaching is consistently good, with tutors praised for their “good subject knowledge, relevant qualifications and professional experience” and their use of “effective industry-related learning strategies to engage and motivate learners to develop their skills and make good progress”.
• Extra support is given to those who need it “both in their lesson and outside the classroom”, to the extent that “there are no discernible gaps in the achievement rates of those who receive additional support and those who do not”.
• Special praise is given to the “the culture of inclusion across the college”. Safeguarding, careers support, work placements and enrichment activities are all highly commended and partnerships with employers are described as “highly effective”.
• Learning resources and facilities are highlighted for helping learners “develop industry-standard knowledge and skills in preparation for employment”.
• Governors, leaders and managers are variously described as “skilled”, “relentless”, “ambitious” and “effective”. Results have improved consistently over a three year period.
Alun Francis, Principal and Chief Executive said: “We are really pleased for our governors, staff, employers, partners and learners, who have all worked so hard under considerable pressure. You will have to go a long way to find a group of people more dedicated than them and they completely deserve this recognition. The Report is great news for the College, but much more importantly, great for the people who benefit from our work.”
One of the initiatives picked out by Inspectors, was the College’s unique ‘Teaching for Distinction’ programme, co-designed by the College but led by the well-known educationalist, Tom Sherrington. The programme draws on the best work in the field to deliver a short but complete introduction to the most effective practice in teaching, learning and assessment.
The next open day is January 26th, 11am-2pm – to attend please register on our Eventbrite site. For more information about the College and the courses it offers, visit



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